Derrick Rochester lived for representation

Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher signs the condolence book in honour of Derrick Rochester at the St Elizabeth Parish Council, last week.

JUNCTION, St Elizabeth — Political friend and foe in this south central parish are hailing the late Derrick Rochester of the People’s National Party (PNP), a five-time member of parliament for St Elizabeth South Eastern, as being among Jamaica’s finest constituency representatives. ... Read More

The Siloah Primary School in St Elizabeth. Principal says closure of Appleton Estate affecting school attendance
THE Siloah Primary School is among a number of institutions, as well as communities, surrounding the ... Read More

DR COOMBS ...the absence of a father has implications for the majority of social and public health challenges Fatherlessness a huge problem, says health official
Mandeville, Manchester — Regional technical director for the Southern Regional Health Authorit ... Read More

A section of the north Manchester town of  Christiana Increased security for Christiana
Mandeville, Manchester — Christiana, the main town in northern Manchester is planning to secur ... Read More

Third staging of Kiddies Marathon next month

Alicia Sutherland | Monday, April 18, 2016    

Business development manager of sponsor First Global Bank, Hugh Kennedy (right), making a presentation to Mt St Joseph principal, Jem Stanley. 

Mandeville, Manchester — The Roman Catholic-operated Mount St Joseph Preparatory School, which initiated a Kiddies Marathon for Child Month in 2014, will next month host the third staging of the event. The event will be held on Sunday, May 8. It will start and end on the school grounds at Manchester Road. The Kiddies Marathon idea was conceived by Mount St Joseph principal, Jem Stanley, who said the initiative is not only to encourage a healthy lifestyle, but long distance running from ... Read More

Scotiabank says thanks to premium clients

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Premium banking clients (from left) John O Minott, Andrea Gordon and Jeremy Groves 

Mandeville, Manchester - Premium clients of Scotiabank here were this month the toast of an evening of appreciation and celebration. Premium clients, according to manager in the division, Christopher Samuels, are within an exclusive group that, among other things, maintain multiple accounts, high value accounts, and have an excellent credit history with the facility. Samuels told the group out for the event at Manchester Golf Club, that in return for maintaining their strong relationship with ... Read More

Manchester residents told to take charge of mosquito control

ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 18, 2016    

Medical entomologist in the Ministry of Health Sherine Huntley-Jones examines a pile-up of tyres in Greenvale. Residents were told the tyres should be removed since they will naturally collect rain water and become ideal breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Mandeville, Manchester — The community of Greenvale, just outside Mandeville, benefitted from the Ministry of Health’s Mosquito Search and Destroy initiative on Saturday and Sunday, April 9 and 10. Chief public health inspector in Manchester, Charmaine Palmer-Cross, said the operation was mainly intended to find and destroy Aedes aegypti mosquito-breeding sites, and to build public awareness about the importance of mosquito control. The Aedes aegypti, which thrives best where peo ... Read More

4-H movement buzzing in St Elizabeth

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Students and judges checking on the versatility of cassava.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — The youth training 4-H movement showed off its influence in this south central parish last month with an impressive development exposition on the grounds of the St Elizabeth Technical High School. 4-H club members from more than 40 schools turned up to show off their skills in a range of areas. “We are celebrating what the children have learnt. We taught them in the areas of home economics, agriculture, leadership and social skills and today, they are ... Read More

Jamalco donates computer tablets to 14 schools

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Asaki Townsend (left) of GeoTech Vision explains the educational features on one of the tablets during training to (from left) Rose Walker, Kentoyia Cornwall and Heiley Salabie Knight.

May Pen, Clarendon — One hundred computer tablets were recently handed over to 14 schools in Jamalco’s operating areas in Clarendon and Manchester under the company’s Tablets in Schools Programme. The presentation took place at the Wembley Centre of Excellence. A news release from bauxite/alumina company Jamalco said the gadgets were donated under a $5.5-million grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation as part of its exit gift in 2014. The aim was to improve children’s ac ... Read More

Let’s step it up!

Monday, April 18, 2016    

Steths, Headley Cup Champions 2016.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — Keith Wellington, principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will be hoping for yet another trophy as his school enters tomorrow’s start of the all-island, three-day cricket play-off for the ISSA Spaulding Cup. But equally, he will be happy if the urban ISSA/Grace Shield champions, Excelsior High provide tough competition. After STETHS secured their 28th all-rural ISSA/Grace Headley Cup title last week, Wellington admitted that down the y ... Read More

PHOTO: Cancer care help

Monday, April 18, 2016    

The Jamaica Cancer Society, St Elizabeth Branch and the St Elizabeth Care Committee — which assists the homeless — recently received cash donations from GT Taylor, promoter of the Christmas show, Boom GT Taylor Extravaganza 2015. Taylor said $30,000 went to the cancer society and $10,000 to the care committee — all proceeds from the Christmas show. Photo shows cancer society representative Edith Chedda accepting a cheque from Taylor. Read More

STETHS again!

Monday, April 18, 2016    

President of ISSA, Dr Walton Small (third right in front row) accepts the ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup trophy from Kerrene Grant, manager of GraceKennedy’s subsidiary - First Global Bank (Mandeville Branch), on behalf of the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) cricket team who were crowned champions for the 28th year following the ISSA/GraceKennedy Headley Cup Schoolboy Cricket final at Jamalco last week. STETHS gained first-innings advantage over Vere Technical High to take the ... Read More

For Your Diary - April 18

Monday, April 18, 2016    

A diary

1) Friday, April 22 Black River High School Launch of Positive Behaviour Intervention & Support Programme School Grounds St Elizabeth - 10:00 am 2) Sunday, April 24 St Mark’s Anglican Church (Mandeville Parish Church) 200th Anniversary Service Mandeville - 8:30 am 3) Sunday, May 1 Lion’s Club of Mandeville Men Who Cook Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex Mandeville -12 noon 4) ... Read More

CSEC boost

Monday, April 04, 2016    

A section of the audience at the deCarteret College auditorium where Lee provided motivation and examination tips.

Mandeville, Manchester —The Jamaica Observer had the final leg of its annual Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Mathematics and English Language workshop at deCarteret College here on Friday. Though the Easter break was not quite over, more than 200 students came out to benefit from what was being taught as the examinations draw closer. Kesi Asher, business development and marketing co-ordinator at the Observer, said with an increase from the original four workshops to t ... Read More



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